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Vitamin D-fortified bread effective alternative to supplementation

Vitamin D-fortified bread effective alternative to supplementation
May 2, 2016

Iranian adults who consumed vitamin D-fortified bread saw improvements in vitamin D status and lipid profile that were similar to adults who consumed plain bread with a vitamin D supplement, according to recent study findings.

“Traditionally, dairy products (notably milk) are thought to be the best vehicles for vitamin D fortification,” Tirang R. Neyestani, PhD, of the Laboratory of Nutrition Research, National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Tehran, Iran, told Endocrine Today. “However, in many countries like Iran, milk consumption is meager in most age and sex subpopulations, making it actually ineffective for fortification purposes. Bread, on the other hand, is a staple food that could potentially be a good vehicle for many micronutrients, including vitamin D. Once fortified, it could be as good as a supplement pill or even better.”

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